Promised Land, Sugaree, Me & My Uncle, Tennessee Jed, B.T. Wind, Birdsong, Jack Straw, Box of Rain, Don't Ease Me In, Beat It On Down The Line, Brown Eyed Women, Big River, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Around & Around, Casey Jones Cumberland Blues, El Paso, Uncle John's Band, He's Gone-> Truckin'-> The Other One, Brokedown Palace, Sugar Magnolia, Uncle John's Band, E: Johnny B. Goode
April 4, 2021 Subject:
Loved the insertion of Sugar-Foot Rag (Hank Garland ca. 1949) riff at the five minute mark in Cumberland Blues. Does anyone know if they ever did that before or since? Must have been all the extra time Jerry spent in Texas over the previous month.
January 5, 2021 Subject:
To the DeadHead the A: to the Q: Wichita is Jack Straw
The only time they played Wichita. After this the closest they would play was OKC. This is right in the middle of the November tour of the southern plains, that doesn't have a bad show. The start and finish are average '72, but in between there is some magic.
First Set. Not an auspicious start with Promised Land, yet the whole rest of the set is good; some great. On Sugaree, Bobby's rhythm borders on second lead. It's arguably the best of '72, and sets up for an ace M&MU. The mix is disturbed for the first min of Tennessee Jed. The official release substitutes the first 52secs with 11/14. This is my pick for best Bird Song of '72 - exploratory and every section just right. A fine Jack Straw has a reel flip @18secs, missing about 1:40. The first 1: 43 on the official are from 11/15. Phil & Donna harmonize for a solid Box of Rain, followed by a compact Dough Knees. Bobby's figures here are brilliant. After a nice Beat it on Down the Line-5, Bobby totally sends Brown-Eyed Women behind Jer. The first measure of Big River is clipped on all sources. China Cat is the bright beacon of hyper-consciousness. Listen for Bobby's takeover at 3½mins, then how Jer begins steering @5:15. As good as it is, Rider may be even better. There are different versions, but not better versions. The rest is average '72. On the official, the first 31secs of Casey Jones are from 9/17. A 16-song set.
Second Set. Launched with a devastating Cumberland; whipsmart and compartmentalized. This He's Gone is the top cream. In Truckin', the jam is above average, but the verses section is just full-on. There's a reel flip at the very end of the jam. The official smooths this by cutting 6secs from the existing SBD [this occurs at the track boundary, or @35sec of TOO on the SBD]. The Other One has a couple interesting sections and some not so much (the Keith part in the middle is Spinal Tap at the amusement park). Dig the seg into Brokedown and the latter's kewl position. The rest is average '72 though JBG is plenty raucous. The first 6secs of Sugar Mag on the official are from 9/17.
1st Set: A- 2nd Set: B-
Overall = 4¼ stars
Sugaree - arguably best of '72
Me & My Uncle - Bobby having a great set
Bird Song - exploratory, every section just right
Brown-Eyed Women - Bobby sends it
China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider - bright beacon of hyper-conciousness
Cumberland Blues - whipsmart & compartmentalized
He's Gone - top cream
Truckin' - good jam, great verses section
SOURCES: The warner_15982 SBD is patched [luckily a partial AUD exists] and the most complete. It runs a little fast, needing -2% for Promised Land and -1% for Sugaree through Bird Song. The lai_1185 source has better clarity, but it has gaps and plays way too fast, needing -3% for Promised and -2% for the rest. Dave's #11 has most of the show, with edits and substitutes on five of the songs. It too runs fast and needs -2% for Promised and -1% for the rest.
July 17, 2019 Subject:
A Night to Remember
I was 17 and a freshman at Emporia State, went with Sam and Marty. Marty’s brother drove down from Lawrence, to pick us up in a hearse, with the back end converted into a “smoking parlor”. I have to disagree with previous reviewer about lack of psychedelic energy, I’m pretty sure everyone in the building was trippin’. Played a lot of good songs from Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty. Also of note, during concert, it snowed 8-10 inches, what a surprise! So we had an 80 mile drive up I-35 thru Flint Hills as it continued to snow like heck. Absolutely no one on highway but us and we had to push hearse up and over the hills, almost lost Sam on a downhill. Never will forget this night of great music and friends. Anyone remember who opening act was?
November 18, 2018 Subject:
Box of Rain!
Certainly a great show, surprised no one has mentioned "Box of Rain", well sung and well played. Certainly a rarity in 72.
Pig's Pal -
February 3, 2015 Subject:
Mike Lai's version sounds much better, but is a few cents sharp in my opinion. Just enough to bug me. Break out the pitch corrector.
One of the finest yrs for the boys.. Jerry is really hot this day and you can definitely tell Keith is finding his way.
Something happens when Keith and Jerry get in that zone and this show is one of the best examples of that.
September 21, 2013 Subject:
(My mom's birthday on the year I was born--cool. The 1973/11/17 is great also).
Quickly, I'd like to give a hats off to this show as a whole before discussing briefly the main draws of the show (He's Gone through Brokedown Palace).
I must add, though, that there is static scattered here and there throughout the show (especially Tennessee Jed--that's too bad), not to mention a few splices (Jack Straw, TOO, and Uncle are those I noticed).
Bird Song is great, to mention the highlight of the 1st set. Bird Song is always a treat, but this one is a little greater than usual.
He's Gone no doubt deserves its recognition. Wow! It is completely smoking hot and in it is such a sweet jam that builds and builds. It is definitely a best version in my listening experience. This is the highlight of the 2nd set (for me). I might consider saying that TOO is the highlight, but there was need for an aud patch in TOO. He's Gone is still in one perfect and beautiful peace.
Very intense jam sequence: Truckin'>TOO. It is too bad that a few seconds of the SB is missing in the midst of such great jamming during TOO. Oh well, thanks for the aud patch! As already stated, TOO jams! Check it out.
Also, the jam segment seems to begin with Truckin', not with He's Gone.
Between TOO and Brokedown: I was wondering, though--there is quite an abrupt shift between TOO and Brokedown (was there really a segue as at least one of the available copies shows?). Listening--Is that how it went, or is there a splice in the source? I'm probably going to edit it for my purposes so that it is not so jarring and since I doubt it really went down that way...Whatever.
Ouch!--the splice in Uncle :(
Don't let these minor complaints fool you. This show is off the hook, and the quality is excellent, considering it is from 1972. This is definitely a new favorite. It's in my top ummm not sure yet, but if I actually get time to sit down like some of you do to decide on a top 10 or 25 or 100, this could be in my top 10, but that is redundant. There're 50+ shows that could be in my top 10! However you slice it, this is a must have show, a must hear again and again and again and (not fade away)...
June 29, 2013 Subject:
Gorgeous Overlooked Show
Keith, Jerry, Phil, Bobby, Billy. At their best.
Listen to the He's Gone->Truckin'-> Other One
Especially the Other One gets as thematic, intense, and exploratory as they ever got. As tight as they ever were. Other One themes are totally worked out and what they began to develop during the Europe 72' tour fruited well during the Fall and Winter shows.
Love this second set. What a gem.
December 2, 2011 Subject:
Holy The Other One!
The magic of 1972. So many wonderful The Other ones and Dark Stars. Everyone routinely cites 9/17/72 as the premier The Other One, perhaps in Dead History.
And it very well might be. But like U of M vs. Ohio State or Duke / North Carolina, the contest between this date's TOO and 9/17/72 TOO would be well fought to the end. And the one on this date just might be superior. It's 1/2 the length, and it EXPLODES with thunder, blasts off into outer space with a decibel > 150 db. It is off the charts. And it's completely freaked out!!
At the 7 minute mark Jerry turns on the "underwater" filter on his guitar and you feel like you're swimming 5 feet below the ocean water with innumerable number of penetrating rays of light penetrating illuminating your path.
Then one minute later Phil starts a new base riff / melody that takes you out of the TOO mind frame. Over the next 10 minutes that theme builds into a blazing, coordinated cacophony of swirling sounds with vertiginous ocular sensations of the pleasant type. It's as if the entire band bangs on their instruments yet still produces discernible music! The band members go nuts! They finally go into the TOO outer verse and then quickly and peacefully transition into a warm Brokedown Palace.
This is a not miss! A no-brainer Top 5 TOO, and probably my favorite of year!
September 3, 2011 Subject:
If there's a better version of Cumberland Blues, I haven't heard it.
August 26, 2010 Subject:
this source may have NR but it has a patch for the cut in TOO, so i would still choose this copy instead.
October 17, 2009 Subject:
Birdsong is on fire
Duh. I'm sure this is no secret since it's probably a Dick's Picks cut by now. But wow. Wow.
Miss you Jerry.
April 10, 2009 Subject:
what a trip
My first and only Dead show. This was a great one. All these years my only recollection of the show was El Paso and the tie-dyed covers on the speakers. Thanks for putting this up.
August 30, 2008 Subject:
wrkster is right!!
If you click on other copies there is no noise reduction applied to that source.
The sound is crisp and clear. You get an amazing opportunity to hear just how unbelievable the band members complement each other. You also hear what makes Weir the most original rhythm guitarist of all time.
August 4, 2008 Subject:
other source has no noise reduction
May 23, 2006 Subject:
Jack Straw from Witchita
The only ever Jack Straw in Witchita, too bad it has a gap. Wish I could hear an AUD for the crowds reaction to that line. Great show nonetheless, only 4 stars though for the NR muddle. Would be cool if we could rate sound quality and show quality; Then I would give 3/5 respectively, for a SBD.
November 19, 2005 Subject:
It sounds like Miles Davis Footprints bass line Phil used a lot on this tour.
September 18, 2005 Subject:
Caught on a limb
This is definitely one of the most incredible versions of He's Gone ever played. This is an awesome show! Jerry plays with total ferocity. Certainly a hugely overlooked gem.
July 11, 2005 Subject:
I love this one too.
Heed advice by all, this is a good one. The He's Gone>Truckin>Other One is up there with the best of the year, not a note wasted indeed. And you gotta love the rare Brokedown in it's special positioning, reminds me of the Attics from 9/27. Last I listened to it was on it's anniversary this past november, and I forgot how good it was, I still remember loving every note 8 months later. i think I'll go pull this one out...
July 11, 2005 Subject:
don't miss this!
I have had this show on tape for years, and often referred to it as "the greatest little 72 show" in my collection. Little in stature only because, well, it's a bit short by 72 standards. And it can't really top many of the earlier stupendous shows in Sept 72, or even the great 2 night stand at the Fox in St. Louis a month before.
But this show is too easily overlooked, a mistake because it contains some very focused and magical playing that keeps on getting better every time I hear this show.
The first set highlights are the hot China>Rider and the 2 rarities - Bird Song which had just been pulled from retirement since 8/71, and the new song Box of Rain which premiered in Oct 72.
Set Two starts with a HOT version of Cumberland, which is usually a signal that Jerry is at the helm and
ready to blast off. A very nice He's Gone soon follows, with tasty ensemble playing between Jerry, Keith and Phil. But The Other One is really special indeed, it may be my favorite of the fall tour until
12/31/72. Only 20 minutes, but not a note wasted, with plenty of textures and colors to bend your mind and get you kind! The sweet Uncle John's is icing on
the cake. Worth adding to your collection!
Dr. Flashback :-)
Someone ruined this recording by adding noise reduction. The old version sounded better.
July 10, 2005 Subject:
New to this
I am not a deadhead.This being the one and only Dead concert I ever saw limits my opinion somewhat,I guess. But it was a glorious concert and time. I had just turned 18. Century II had a large open area in front of the stage and the practice then was to sit cross-legged on the floor til the music started, then get up jump around and dance. Saw most of this with Roger Wickman, Rick Swank, Dan Keleher, Cleo Sebring, and Steve Jackman, as I recall. Never heard any of these songs before except Casey Jones and Johnny B Goode. I remember the sound system seemed to reach to the ceiling, all covered in tie-dyed drapes. We were all flower children then, or thought we were, I guess. What a night. Guitar chords just floating around in the air. Never heard anything like it. Ethereal.
July 1, 2005 Subject:
Other One or say hello to my little friend the wawa
Truckin>Other One is the real reason to get this and agree with Dick... There is some sizzling other-worldly jamming and ample use of the wawa between Bobby and Jerry - This definately stands alone in the post Europe tour, I should say this and Waterbury, CT Palace Theatre that is also a whopper. Cumberland, He's gone, Bird Song all very nice, but buckle up for the fat Other One here.
As an aside, this is as unlikely a place for them to pull this out as Brussels... Wichita has zero psychedelic energy and this one just cranks out the spacy harmonics - listen closely there is alot of stuff in there it starts slowly but rest assured there is plenty of jamming 22+ mins. Lastly, when was the last time you heard a wawa on brokedown? it's here - the finish with a top 5 ROCKING sugar mag. Even without Pig this is off the charts.
February 28, 2005 Subject:
Some really beautiful, dreamy, and jazzy work in this Other One; it sounds like Keith is messing with a bit of the jazz standard Round Midnight about 11 minutes in. Be warned there's a pretty murky aud patch that lasts about 30 seconds near the end. That Brokedown is so smooth, too. Recommended.
December 1, 2004 Subject:
This is a great, great show... here's what Dick Latvala had to say about it.
In Wichita (11/17), one of the best shows, of this period occurred. Garcia is playing with gusto and originality thru-out the show. :"Bird Song" and "Sugar Magnolia" are the highpoints outside of the real goods delivered in the jam: "Truckin->jam->The Other One->jam->The Other One->Brokedown Palace". (the "jam" segments contain lengthy and very unique playing.)
I should also add that the Cumberland smokes and the sound quality is very good to my ears.
I friend of mine attended this show and as a tour veteran, ranks it as the best he's ever seen. There were only about 500 people in attendance and the scene was very cool because it started to snow as they waited outside the venue. Later after the show the Dead showed up at the rotating bar at the top of the hotel across the street for a few drinks. Wish I was there.